As Coronavirus Numbers Fall, Krunoslav Capak Looks at Months Ahead

Lauren Simmonds

As Poslovni Dnevnik writes on the 26th of September, 2020, the director of the Croatian Institute of Public Health (HZJZ), Krunoslav Capak, explained what awaits us in the coming months. He also commented on the case of an individual in a care home in Split who contracted the new coronavirus twice.

“We’ve put it so that whoever has proof that they got over coronavirus and was tested for it, if they come into contact with a sick person in the next three months, they won’t have to self-isolate because we have evidence that they will not become sick with the disease in those three months.” Capak told RTL.

When asked if it is possible that 400,000 people in Croatia have been in contact with the virus, Krunoslav Capak answered:

“No one knows the number of people who came in contact with the virus. Not even countries which have conducted much broader serological research than we have know that. We conducted this serological test on 1150 people and got the result of 2.5 percent of those carrying antibodies. If we were to copy the situation that existed when we conducted the examination then today, when we have a little more than 15,000 patients, then that number would be around 400,000.”

Krunoslav Capak said that the number of new cases is declining and that this can be seen through a larger number of tests. Although epidemiologists fear colder weather because people will spend much more time indoors, the winter holidays should look significantly different than the Easter ones.

“During Easter we had a quarantine, a lockdown. The motto was to stay at home, practically all economic and social activities were closed except for the most necessary ones. Such a situation will certainly not happen again, we now know more about the virus and we’re focusing on the most effective measures to bring in. So I think Christmas will be much more relaxed than Easter was, but we’ll have to stick to the measures,” Krunoslav Capak said.

Epidemiological measures are still the only defence against the new coronavirus, and that could all finally end in the spring with the arrival of the much anticipated vaccine.

“We can’t expect a large amount of vaccinations before spring. For me, that’s most likely the end of the coronavirus story, and it means the vaccination of the general population. I hope that we’ll be able to achieve that in the spring. In my opinion, we can’t acquire collective immunity before the end of spring next year, and the good news is that the vaccine could be here by then,” Krunoslav Capak believes.

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